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Bloc, NDP want to change date of debate to avoid hockey game conflict

Only in Canada: leaders push for election debate date switch due to Habs game

MONTREAL — File this one in the only-in-Canada category.

A movement is afoot to change the date of a federal election debate to avoid overlapping with a first-round Montreal Canadiens playoff game.

The French language debate is scheduled for Thursday, the same day the Habs will face off in their first playoff game against the Boston Bruins.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe got the ball rolling, by saying there's little doubt hockey-mad Montreal fans will choose the game over the debate. NDP Leader Jack Layton has since echoed those sentiments.

The Bloc leader says he wants to unite with other party leaders to convince the consortium of broadcasters who organize the debates to move it back a day.

He points out the first English debate is scheduled for Tuesday, before the playoffs begin.
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